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Thinking about Oneself: From Nonconceptual Content to the Concept of a Self

Kristina Musholt


This book offers a novel theory of self-consciousness, understood as the ability to think about oneself. The book’s aim is to explain this ability and its development. It argues for a non-self-representationalist theory, according to which the self is not part of the representational content of perception and bodily awareness but part of the mode of presentation. It distinguishes between implicitly self-related information and explicit self-representation and proposes a model for the gradual transition from the self-related information that is implicit in the nonconceptual content of perceptio ... More

Keywords: self-consciousness, nonconceptual content, perception, bodily experience, non-self-representationalism, intersubjectivity, social cognition, developmental psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029209
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristina Musholt, author
University of Magdeburg